IBCA HONORS INDUSTRY'S BEST AT CATTLE CONVENTION
Held in Conjunction with Cattle and Forage Symposium
The Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) honored its best at an awards banquet held in conjunction with the 2009 Indiana Cattle and Forage Symposium. Producers from across the state traveled to Indianapolis to salute the men and women who provide the leadership for the Indiana beef industry.
The President's Challenge award is awarded to those county beef affiliate organizations that strive to serve their members, strengthen their communities and improve the beef business. IBCA honors these groups of beef producers for their commitment to excellence in consumer education and marketing, membership, producer education, youth support, and public policy. Each affiliate president received an embroidered coat from Intervet-Schering Plough Inc. This year's President's Challenge Award winners are: Morgan County Beef Cattle Association, Elkhart County Beef Cattle Association, Kosciusko County Cattlemen's Association, Orange County Cattle Association, Clark County Cattlemen's Association, North Central Beef Cattle Association, and the Johnson County Beef Cattle Association.
IBCA also recognized excellence in five key program areas. In the areas of public policy & marketing, the Johnson County Beef Cattle Association took home the winnings. In the area of producer education and membership, IBCA saluted the members of the Morgan County Beef Cattle Association. IBCA also named its outstanding affiliate at the banquet. This award went to Morgan County Beef Cattle Association.
IBCA also presented a Friend of the Industry Award. This award was bestowed onto Martha Parks. In the early 1980's Martha worked to develop a plan for promoting beef at the Indiana State Fair. That plan led to the creation of the Cattlemen's Club food stand and the Hoosier Ribeye sandwich. She held several positions including checkoff compliance, membership and affiliate leadership and special events before her departure. Another Friend of the Industry Award went to Dewig Brothers Packing Co. Inc. Dewig Meats is one of a handful of Federally-Inspected processing plants in Indiana that still harvest animals as well as cut boxed beef. They also provide custom processing services for producers and consumers from their area and from all around the state. Dewig's is the processor for the Heartland Premium Aged Beef, LLC.
IBCA honors cattlemen who possess beef management skills and leadership abilities. IBCA's Outstanding Young Cattleman award was given to Andy Tauer from Monrovia, IN. Tauer owns and operated a registered Simmental operation in Morgan County. He has excelled in the showring with his genetics.
The coveted Outstanding Cattleman of the Year Award was present to Clark Sennett from Montgomery County. Clark was recently honored as the National Cattlemen's Beef Association Region 1 Environmental Stewardship Award winner. Clark and his family annually feed approximately 1,800 head of cattle in Indiana with another 500 or more in Kansas.
The most prestigious award given at the awards banquet is the long-time Robert C. Peterson Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2008 award winner was Bill Couch from Owensville, IN. Bill established the C-Bar Cattle Company and owns and manages C-Bar Ranch where the family is engaged in raising Angus, Simmental and Sim-Angus cattle. Through the years, Bill has judged virtually all major shows, including the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo., the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky., the Houston Livestock Show in Houston, Texas, and state and county fairs and national shows from coast to coast. Robert Peterson, for whom the award is named after, also attended the banquet.
IBCA also recognized its outgoing president, Todd McGraw. McGraw served the IBCA in 2008 as president. He was instrumental in working IBCA's Executive Vice President Julia Wickard and other commodity group leadership in finalizing the arrangements for the agricultural complex in Indianapolis that houses the Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Indiana Pork Producers Association, Indiana Soybean Alliance, and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council.